Tagged with Writing Techniques

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue


It seems that the more current fiction I read these days the more dialogue I am seeing in the text.  As a matter of fact, most novels written today are heavy on the dialogue and lighter on the long paragraphs of detailed description. Dialogue is a tool used to further the action, to give us … Continue reading

3 Kick In the Pants Tips for Tired Workaday Writers


This has been a rough week. Of course, as a high school English teacher who teaches two Advanced Placement courses and also manages the after school alternative education program…and also the supplemental online schooling program…most weeks are tough. They are ten times that when I want to write something and get home and there are … Continue reading

Character Death Should Be Premeditated


I’m a big fan of fiction and screenplays that kill off major characters mid-stream.  It happened in Breaking Bad.  It happens all the time in The Walking Dead.  The problem is that an amateur writer will kill off characters for the sake of killing them off or for shock value without thinking through the character death and … Continue reading

Writing An Ending First


My latest work in progress, Come Apart, has been a year long experiment to see if I could write the final chapter of a book first and then build the rest of the novel around that final chapter. I can tell you that the progress has been a challenge. This all started when I read Pines  by Blake … Continue reading

Writing With Juxtaposed Tones


The past few nights, while working on my current WIP, I discovered that I was nearly subconsciously doing something with my prose that was at the same time fascinating as it was a personal best. I wrote using two juxtaposed tones. I will not post the chapter in question on this blog as I am … Continue reading

3 Things I Learned from Tom Clancy


Yesterday the world lost a prolific and well known writer.  Tom Clancy passed away at the age of 66, leaving behind a massive list of best selling novels, books that inspired movies and a host of video games. But what did Clancy have to teach us?  I’m sure there will never be any Tom Clancy … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Breaking Bad is Macbeth


Breaking Bad is now in its final death throes, and we will soon all see what happens to Walter White and the rest of his crew, not to mention his tortured family.  Most well written stories reference great literature, but Vince Gilligan has indeed made some obvious references from Shakespeare that are evident throughout the … Continue reading

Science Fiction Is On the Rise


I am a huge science fiction nerd and have been since I was a small boy.  Apparently we nerds are growing in number around the world, at least in the realm of e-book sales.  In a recent Wired Magazine article by Graeme McMillan, the big publishing houses are taking notice.  It appears that with the success … Continue reading